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Snow Monkeys in Japan are also known as Japanese Macaque. These types of primates live in areas where for months on end are covered in snow.

The Jigokudani Monkey Park in Nagano Prefecture is the place where you can see Snow Monkeys bathing in a natural hot spring. The park is within the natural habitat for the Japanese Macaque, which is Jigokudani Valley in Yamanouchi. It is close to the onsen towns of Shibu and Yudanaka. To give better access to people wanting to see the snow monkeys they built a man made onsen (hot spring) for the primates to enjoy. Snow monkeys are known to have thick coats of fur for the cold weather. The color of their fur is of a brown-grey variety and their faces are red. They have short tails and as species they are referred to as Nihonzaru.

Jigokudani Monkey Park was first established in 1964 near the Yokoyu River. Jigokudani translates to Hell Valley and it is called that because of the steam coming from the natural hot springs resembles mythological description of it. Back before the park opened the snow monkeys would sneak into onsens at hotels, hostels, and ryokans (traditional Japanese inns) to stay warm during the winter. The Japanese Macaques can be found in different parts of Japan, but in the Jigokudani Monkey Park their unusual love for the onsen can be seen. Thousands of visitors go to the area to take photos the snow monkeys relaxing in the heated water.

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Active Small Group Tours

Travel Japan more flexibly in groups of 6 to 13 people using public transportation.

Explore Japan off the beaten path via Japanese public transportation, walking, hiking, cycling and more. Take more time to enjoy local experiences and picturesque landscape. Our Active Small Group Tours combine the best of cultural destinations with off-the-beaten-path via Japanese public transportation, Discover the country of Japan the way the locals do and see Japan from a different angle. A focus on getting away from the crowds and into the real Japan, see the diversity of Japan’s countryside unfold before your eyes.

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Japan Walking Tour: Shoguns and Samurai - Summer

Group Tour | Active          

Group Tour | Active    

Japan Walking Tour: Shoguns and Samurai - Summer
Japan Walking Tour: Shoguns and Samurai - Summer

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5300.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

Tokyo / Obuse / Yudanaka Onsen / Matsumoto / Narai / Tsumago / Magome / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kyoto / Nara / Mt Koya
A small-group guided cultural walking tour exploring the highlights of central Japan.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5300.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

Tokyo / Obuse / Yudanaka Onsen / Matsumoto / Narai / Tsumago / Magome / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kyoto / Nara / Mt Koya
A small-group guided cultural walking tour exploring the highlights of central Japan.
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Japan Walking Tour: Shoguns and Samurai - Autumn 
Leaves

Group Tour | Active          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Active    Book Now & Save $100

Japan Walking Tour: Shoguns and Samurai - Autumn Leaves
Japan Walking Tour: Shoguns and Samurai - Autumn Leaves

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5300.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

Tokyo / Obuse / Yudanaka Onsen / Matsumoto / Narai / Tsumago / Magome / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kyoto / Nara / Mt Koya
A small-group guided cultural walking tour exploring the highlights of central Japan.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5300.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

Tokyo / Obuse / Yudanaka Onsen / Matsumoto / Narai / Tsumago / Magome / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kyoto / Nara / Mt Koya
A small-group guided cultural walking tour exploring the highlights of central Japan.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Wed. Oct 19, 2022 Tue. Nov 1, 2022 US $5300.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Tokyo Tokyo Active Save this tour Book Now  
Wed. Nov 2, 2022 Tue. Nov 15, 2022 US $5300.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Tokyo Tokyo Active Save this tour Book Now  
Best of Honshu & Hokkaido: Snow Monkeys & Hokkaido 
Winter Festival Tour

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Best of Honshu & Hokkaido: Snow Monkeys & Hokkaido Winter Festival Tour
Best of Honshu & Hokkaido: Snow Monkeys & Hokkaido Winter Festival Tour

16 Days 15 Nights | from US $5798.00

Honshu (Tokyo / Lake Kawaguchi / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka), Hokkaido (Shiraoi / Lake Shikotsu / Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Kitami / Abashiri / Lake Tofutsu / Lake Akan / Kushiro)
Explore the two main winter attractions of Japan - Snow Monkeys and Hokkaido Winter Festivals.

16 Days 15 Nights | from US $5798.00

Honshu (Tokyo / Lake Kawaguchi / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka), Hokkaido (Shiraoi / Lake Shikotsu / Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Kitami / Abashiri / Lake Tofutsu / Lake Akan / Kushiro)
Explore the two main winter attractions of Japan - Snow Monkeys and Hokkaido Winter Festivals.
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Sun. Jan 29, 2023 Mon. Feb 13, 2023 US $5798.00 Tokyo Kushiro Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Jan 28, 2024 Mon. Feb 12, 2024 US $5798.00 Tokyo Kushiro Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Majestic Japan Summer Lavender Tour

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Majestic Japan Summer Lavender Tour
Majestic Japan Summer Lavender Tour

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $6698.00 (Limit to 24 guests)

Sapporo / Furano / Biei / Otaru / Yudanaka / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Nara / Katsuragi / Kyoto / Hakone / Tokyo
Enjoy a colorful and refreshing summer in Majestic Japan exploring a floral wonderland in Furano and Biei with local country experiences.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $6698.00 (Limit to 24 guests)

Sapporo / Furano / Biei / Otaru / Yudanaka / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Nara / Katsuragi / Kyoto / Hakone / Tokyo
Enjoy a colorful and refreshing summer in Majestic Japan exploring a floral wonderland in Furano and Biei with local country experiences.
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Sun. Jul 10, 2022 Sat. Jul 23, 2022 US $6698.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Sold Out
Mon. Jul 10, 2023 Sun. Jul 23, 2023 US $6698.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Jul 8, 2024 Sun. Jul 21, 2024 US $6698.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Majestic Japan - Snow Festivals, Snow 
Monkeys & Kawazu Cherry Blossoms

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Majestic Japan - Snow Festivals, Snow Monkeys & Kawazu Cherry Blossoms
Majestic Japan - Snow Festivals, Snow Monkeys & Kawazu Cherry Blossoms

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $6898.00 (Limit to 24 guests)

Sapporo / Otaru / Yoichi / Yudanaka / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Nara / Katsuragi / Kyoto / Kawazu / Hakone / Tokyo
See majestic Japan in the pretty winter season, finding wonderful views bursting with white color.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $6898.00 (Limit to 24 guests)

Sapporo / Otaru / Yoichi / Yudanaka / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Nara / Katsuragi / Kyoto / Kawazu / Hakone / Tokyo
See majestic Japan in the pretty winter season, finding wonderful views bursting with white color.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Mon. Feb 6, 2023 Sun. Feb 19, 2023 US $6898.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Feb 5, 2024 Sun. Feb 18, 2024 US $6898.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Majestic Japan: Cherry Blossom Tour

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Majestic Japan: Cherry Blossom Tour
Majestic Japan: Cherry Blossom Tour

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $6998.00 (Limit to 24 guests)

Sapporo / Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Niseko / Yoichi / Otaru / Yudanaka / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Nara / Mt Yoshino / Kyoto / Hakone / Tokyo
See majestic Japan during the season of cherry blossoms - one of its most stunning and inspired seasons.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $6998.00 (Limit to 24 guests)

Sapporo / Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Niseko / Yoichi / Otaru / Yudanaka / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Nara / Mt Yoshino / Kyoto / Hakone / Tokyo
See majestic Japan during the season of cherry blossoms - one of its most stunning and inspired seasons.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Mon. Mar 27, 2023 Sun. Apr 9, 2023 US $6998.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Mar 25, 2024 Sun. Apr 7, 2024 US $6998.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Majestic Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Majestic Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour
Majestic Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $6998.00 (Limit to 24 guests)

Sapporo / Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Jozankei Onsen / Yoichi / Otaru / Yudanaka / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Nara / Katsuragi / Kyoto / Hakone / Tokyo
Discover Majestic Japan during it's stunning autumn season, finding wonderful views bursting with autumn color.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $6998.00 (Limit to 24 guests)

Sapporo / Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Jozankei Onsen / Yoichi / Otaru / Yudanaka / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Nara / Katsuragi / Kyoto / Hakone / Tokyo
Discover Majestic Japan during it's stunning autumn season, finding wonderful views bursting with autumn color.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Mon. Oct 3, 2022 Sun. Oct 16, 2022 US $6998.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Sold Out
Mon. Oct 2, 2023 Sun. Oct 15, 2023 US $6998.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Oct 21, 2024 Sun. Nov 3, 2024 US $6998.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Hokkaido & Beyond: Birding & Wildlife Winter Photography 
Tour

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Hokkaido & Beyond: Birding & Wildlife Winter Photography Tour
Hokkaido & Beyond: Birding & Wildlife Winter Photography Tour

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $7398.00 (Limit to 10 guests)

Mt Fuji - Matsumoto - Obuse - Yudanaka Onsen - Tsurui - Lake Kussharo - Mt. Iou - Notsuke Peninsula - Rausu - Aidomari - Nemuro - Lake Furen - Kiritappu Wetland
Discover the stunning birds and wildlife of Fuji Five Lakes, Yudanaka Onsen, Kushiro, Lake Kussharo, and the Shiretoko Peninsula, and view snow monkeys, red-crowned cranes, Blakiston's Fish Owls, and many more.

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $7398.00 (Limit to 10 guests)

Mt Fuji - Matsumoto - Obuse - Yudanaka Onsen - Tsurui - Lake Kussharo - Mt. Iou - Notsuke Peninsula - Rausu - Aidomari - Nemuro - Lake Furen - Kiritappu Wetland
Discover the stunning birds and wildlife of Fuji Five Lakes, Yudanaka Onsen, Kushiro, Lake Kussharo, and the Shiretoko Peninsula, and view snow monkeys, red-crowned cranes, Blakiston's Fish Owls, and many more.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Fri. Feb 17, 2023 Wed. Mar 1, 2023 US $7398.00

Small Group Limited to 10 passengers

Tokyo Kushiro Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Wed. Feb 7, 2024 Mon. Feb 19, 2024 US $7398.00

Small Group Limited to 10 passengers

Tokyo Kushiro Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Japan Spring Highlights: Cherry Blossoms, 
Shibazakura, Snow Monkeys & Snow Corridor

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Japan Spring Highlights: Cherry Blossoms, Shibazakura, Snow Monkeys & Snow Corridor
Japan Spring Highlights: Cherry Blossoms, Shibazakura, Snow Monkeys & Snow Corridor

21 Days 20 Nights | from US $8598.00

Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate / Matsumae / Mori / Kuromatsunai / Niseko / Otaru / Asahikawa / Biei / Furano / Sapporo / Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe
This tour is designed to give you an in-depth understanding of Japan's most important and famous locations as well as its hidden gems and rural locations.

21 Days 20 Nights | from US $8598.00

Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate / Matsumae / Mori / Kuromatsunai / Niseko / Otaru / Asahikawa / Biei / Furano / Sapporo / Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe
This tour is designed to give you an in-depth understanding of Japan's most important and famous locations as well as its hidden gems and rural locations.
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Mon. May 1, 2023 Sun. May 21, 2023 US $8598.00 Sapporo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Wed. May 1, 2024 Tue. May 21, 2024 US $8598.00 Sapporo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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